By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
We need an agile Army
Placeholder Image
Last Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans to reduce the active-duty Army from its current strength of 522,000 soldiers to between 444,000 and 450,000 – the smallest in 74 years. As America moves beyond the costly and controversial post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hagel’s rationale for “shrinking the Army ... and reshaping forces to confront a more volatile, more unpredictable world with a more nimble military,” makes sense. However, that doesn’t mean it’s politically doable.Predictably, the reaction from two Republicans in Congress to Hagel’s proposal to cut the Army was swift and negative.